Tyler Mitchell

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Tyler Mitchell (October 7, 1958) is a jazz bassist and has recorded and toured with some of Jazz's most respected artists including: Art Taylor, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, George Coleman and the Sun Ra Arkestra. He is unique in that he is active in both the traditional and avant-garde jazz idioms and is currently in demand as both a leader and a sideman in New York City. He studied the bass with Donald Raphael Garrett (John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Roland Kirk) and Malachi Favors (Art Ensemble of Chicago). He has recorded on Grammy nominated recordings and has recorded at The Village Vanguard.

In 1985, after moving to New York, Tyler joined the Sun Ra Arkestra and toured extensively through Europe & Japan and recorded two albums with them.

In 1988, he joined Art Taylor in his 'Taylor's Wailer's' recording 2 CDs, including one live CD at The Village Vanguard.

He joined Jon Hendricks' European Tour in 1990 and recorded Freddie Freeloader (album) on the DENON Jazz label with Stanley Turrentine, Wynton Marsalis, among others. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award that year.[1]

In 1992, he played on Grammy Award Winning Jazz vocalist Shirley Horn's recording Light_Out_of_Darkness_(A_Tribute_to_Ray_Charles), which received 4/5 Stars on AllMusic.[2]

In 1997, Mr Mitchell continued to play with free jazz icon and Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali, Billy Bang, Jason Lindner, Frank Lowe, Larry Goldings amongst others.

He currently plays and records with his own group as a leader as well as with the Sun Ra Arkestra.[3]

His debut CD as a leader, "Tyler Mitchell - Live at Smalls" was released on the Small's LIVE record label in late 2012 and was an Editors Pick in Downbeat Magazine in Jan 2013.[4]

Tyler Mitchell’s father, Caton Mitchell,[5] was an acclaimed and recognized muralist and painter and was active in Chicago.[6]


As leader[edit]

  • 2013 Tyler Mitchell - Live at Smalls, Smalls LIVE[7]

As sideman (selected)[edit]


  1. ^ "Jazz Man Hendricks Comes Full Circle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Light out of Darkness (A Tribute to Ray Charles)". All Music. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Parisi, Carla. "Take Five With Tyler Mitchell". All About Jazz. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  4. ^ ALKYER, FRANK. "Editors' Picks JANUARY 2013". Downbeat. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ill See You When I Get There Part I by The Galactic Traveler". La Jerga. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Huebner, Jeff. "Wailing Walls". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tyler Mitchell - Live at Smalls". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 

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